Call for Submissions 


*Except for Love: New England Poets inspired by Donald Hall

To be published by Encircle Publications, LLC on June 23, 2019—the one-year anniversary of Hall’s passing. Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, editor. Introductory tribute to Donald Hall by Wesley McNair, former Poet Laureate of Maine.

Seeking poems inspired by/in the spirit of Donald Hall (former NH and U.S. Poet Laureate) from established** New England poets***.

Cover letter must include:

1) contact information (name, mailing address, e-mail, phone number)

2) 100-word bio including one sentence about how Donald Hall inspired your work

• Attach 3–5 poems (a total of no more than five pages of poetry) in a separate Word document.

If an individual poem was inspired by a particular work of Hall’s, note that in an epigraph.

No previously published poems; no simultaneous submissions.

Submission deadline: 12/18/18. The editor will acknowledge all submissions within 48 hours and will reply to all submissions by 2/18/19.


*Donald Hall, from Eagle Pond: “There’s no reason to live here except for love.” (Will use with permission from his publisher.)

**Established poets: Poets who submit must have at least five poems published in recognized magazines or journals and/or have published a chapbook or book of poetry with a recognized press.

***New England poets: Poets who submit must reside in New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, or VT) for six or more months per year.

There is no fee to submit; published poets will receive one copy of the anthology (and a 50% discount on any additional copies desired) upon publication. 10% of profits from the Except for Love anthology will go to the American Cancer Society in honor of Hall’s late wife, the poet Jane Kenyon (also a former NH Poet Laureate), who died from leukemia in 1995.